RZA was hard to find—especially if you wanted to serve him with documents related to child support. But in the mid-2000s, the Staten Island rapper was finally put down to sign a book at Barnes & Noble in Union Square.
As fans lined up for autograph copies, Byron McAldry, dressed casually but neatly, mingled with the crowd. He even had a book ready for RZA to sign. McAldry, 60, one of NYC’s more dogged process servers, told The Post, “I was told to ask him to sign the book and then serve it.” “There was a huge crowd around him. I gave him the book, he signed it, gave it back to me and I gave him the paper. RZA laughed it off but he was shocked.”
When Jason Sudeikis served Olivia Wilde with custody papers late last month while she was on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, it exposed the hazy world of process servers, legal in the hands of the rich, famous. Finds stealth ways to keep papers. Highly protected people. According to Page Six, Wilde, “was confused when the envelope was handed over, and she was even more confused when she opened it,” a source told Page Six. A source close to her ex-husband Sudeikis, with whom she shares two children, later said she didn’t know “what the time or place to put the envelope would be.”
Except for what insiders call “despite service”—when a customer requests that it be done publicly to embarrass a target—the idea is to do it as tactfully and discreetly as possible. “In the case of Olivia and Jason, it should have been a last-ditch effort,” said Kristin Faulkner Webb, 33, a second-generation process server in Las Vegas, whose father owns the city’s Clark County Process Service. like to do. But in the case of Olivia and Jason, they know each other. His lawyers could have made it a lot easier. But he may have made it difficult to bring these papers with him.”
According to Webb, “unless you can serve someone through a lawyer” [the client gives] Lawyer…permission to accept. Certain documents – such as summons to testify in court and paternity suits and protection orders – must be given in person.”
A most recent “spy serve” happened in 2016 The funeral of Norman Peck, the one-time owner of the famous Carlyle Hotel. Peck’s second wife, Lillian, wanted her son, Ian, to return some of his father’s money, and he was given the papers while in service. According to a later complaint by Ian, “the process server insists on probate papers”. [him] When he left the stage after praising him.” (Peck and his lawyer declined to comment.)
Sometimes, however, publicly presenting the document is the only way to do so. Webb said she was once sent to Drai’s nightclub inside the Cromwell Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in 2019 to hand papers to DJ French Montana over a copyright lawsuit after all other avenues were exhausted.
The club proved to be fairly easy to enter; He paid a $120 entry fee. But getting through security – where purses are checked and patrons are patted down – presents a challenge. “I didn’t think they’d let me in with a bunch of papers,” she said. “So I had them partially under my pants, under my shirt.”
Passing muster at the door, she walked into the club. Webb knew Montana was the star of the night, so he would be at one of the two tables near the DJ.
He made his way there, looked at his mine and saw security guards around French Montana. “I called him using his official name (Karim Kharbouch) and everyone looked up; They were shocked,” she said. “I reached within five feet of him and handed over the paper to someone from the security team. My then-husband filmed it and there was no way French Montana could say it didn’t get served.
“Then I ran from there. I didn’t want security on the 86 [which would include her being read the trespass act, forbidding future entry to the casino], I couldn’t be 86ed. I do a lot of service at casinos.”
There was one thing Webb didn’t – and never will do: “I didn’t yell, ‘You’ve been served!’ We never say that. It’s something from the movies.”
While celebrities are rarely served in public — Webb recalls the time a colleague served Disney-star to porn-actress Maitland Ward during a meet-and-greet at the AVN Awards: “Fans Were paying to take selfies with him. , Our guy took the selfie and then he served it; She got angry and kicked him out” – some of the most treacherous scenarios often happen to lesser-known ones.
The least favorite place to serve McElderry is any housing project in NYC. He recalls a time in the ’80s when “I served a woman”. [in a project] And she used to shout to her men in the street, ‘This MFR served me,'” said McAldry, who came into the service as a college student in need of a part-time job. “I don’t know if they beat me up. Wanted or wanted to rob me. But when they came to the lift, I took the stairs down. That’s how I ran away.”
Then in the ’90s the man was served with a Brooklyn Family Court order: “I ran to my car and he shot me in the head. He didn’t want to kill me – otherwise he would have been.”
Sometimes it’s all about applying just the right amount of pressure to get an elusive serve out of the cold. It was the same with OJ Simpson. Webb said he was avoiding the server by not having a house in his name. But he made the mistake of telling a pro golf friend that he was living near another fairway at a particular golf course in Vegas.
Webb used a connection to a gated community’s security booth, walked in, and tracked down his home. “Like the supporter said, it was on the other fairway,” she recalled, explaining that they were serving her with papers relating to Ron Goldman’s wrongful death. “We had called his kids, we knocked on OJ’s door. nobody answered. But a white man in the Black Escalade pulled over and asked what we were doing. We said we were looking for OJ. The next morning his lawyer called and asked what was going on. We said that we are serving him. He asked us to send the papers. We had a lot of pressure.”
Still, there are some people who can never pin the server.
For Webb, it’s boxer Floyd Mayweather. “I have left a notice at his house; I’ve called his lawyer and left a notice at Floyd’s gym,” he said of a 2022 lawsuit related to cryptocurrency fraud. “In the gym, you come up against the big guys, tell them you have Floyd’s. Have papers and give them notice; they usually throw it. Floyd never puts it on social media where he is. He’s hard to serve and he loves to play games.”
When it comes to being upset with the court document, Webb said, “Floyd ducks. Like he does in the ring.”